Over the past several years, Amy Cain has taught piano to students of all ages and levels in Ann Arbor, Boston, and Columbus. She is passionate about transferring her love of music to her students. Learning an instrument is beneficial for many reasons; aside from the obvious enjoyment one gets out of playing beautiful music, working at a skill week after week helps young people build confidence and grow in all areas of life. Amy coaches her students to take pride in their accomplishments, to exude an air of assurance and poise at the piano, and to become self-directed learners. Amy puts special emphasis on technique from the VERY beginning, and teaches children pieces using the entire keyboard almost right away. Performing is a key part of one's music education, thus all of Amy's students are given the opportunity to perform in recitals, small group classes, and in Royal Conservatory of Music exams if they choose.
Amy's favorite part of teaching piano is the creativity involved! Every child is unique, therefore her teaching approach with one child might be completely different from her approach with another. Children benefit from Amy's calm, patient approach to teaching.
Amy teaches my 5 year old daughter in Columbus and she is fantastic. Great with young children. Focuses on correct technique and is super detailed in her approach. I also took piano as a child and I can tell that Amy is just a super high quality teacher. I would recommend her to anyone looking to start a young child on piano!
Amy is so great with kids! She teaches my two boys in Columbus and always keeps them engaged and happy throughout lessons. This is someone who truly GETS children and knows how to motivate them. The boys each have reward charts at her studio and they get to pick a prize after they get ten stickers. I am a musician myself, and since starting lessons my kids have learned scales, chords, arpeggios, cadences, and so many fun pieces that they honestly start to drive us crazy at home with how much they practice, but you know, in a good way :) Amy somehow motivates the boys to work on skills that I never wanted to practice when I was their age. Highly recommend her!!
Amy taught my daughter in Boston, and we couldn't have had a better experience! She made lessons fun and exciting, and my daughter still loves piano today because of it! We were sad to see her move to another state, but glad she's still teaching.
When a potential student contacts Amy, the first step is to set up an appointment in which the student and parent come to her studio for an informal meeting. At this meeting, Amy will give the student a short trial lesson, followed by a conversation with the parent about her studio policies, practice expectations, and requirements. (This is a great time for questions.)
Amy began taking piano lessons at the age of 8, and she has played ever since! She earned her BFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College ('14) with a Minor in Music, and she earned her MFA at Boston University ('16). She holds an ARCT Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music and is in the process of getting her Music Teacher's Certification through the National Music Teacher's Association. She has training in piano, music theory and pedagogy. Amy is a current member of the Central East Ohio Music Teacher's Association; she regularly attends trainings and conferences in order to grow as a teacher. Over the past several years she has taught piano to students of all ages and levels in Ann Arbor, Boston and Columbus.
Lesson tuition is charged by the month and is priced as follows:
weekly 45 min lessons = $125/month
weekly 60 min lessons OR twice weekly 30 minute lessons = $180/month
twice weekly 45 min lessons = $245/month
A quick note: twice-weekly lessons can be good for young students who tend to forget what they’ve learned as soon as they leave their lesson, for young students who need technique reinforcement more often, or for students who have difficulty with focus in a longer lesson. Twice-weekly lessons can also be good for students who have difficulty finding time to practice as often as is necessary—however, lessons do NOT replace home practice!!!
Before beginning lessons, it is important to consider these questions:
-Can you make a commitment to helping your child meet practice goals each week?
-Do you have a real piano or a keyboard with weighted keys, or plans to procure one of the above soon?
-Does your child have a real interest in learning a musical instrument?